In March of 2006, an IED blew up in my face. It was only through luck that I managed to walk away without a scratch. But ever since, that day has found a way of wedging itself in between me and my life.
I spent nearly six years in an unshakeable state of constant stress, anxiety, and depression. My health and relationships suffered immensely. It was only after I started cycling that I really began to feel alive again.
Ryan R. Nolan is veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an avid cyclist, and an aficionado of bulldogs and Charlie Brown. He is a graduate student in the Creative Fiction program at Johns Hopkins University and is currently writing his first novel about war, social awkwardness, and machine gun puberty.